I heard this word many times when listening BBC Radio 5 then I looked up dicitonaries, but it's not included in Cambridge, Oxford Learner's, Meriam Webster Dictionary and 'lexico.com'

That doesn't make sense either when I consider it as 'the one who thresholds' since 'threshold' is a noun

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    I've never heard it, but please add one or two examples / quotations so that we can answer you properly. Mar 21, 2022 at 16:40
  • I have not heard this word used either, but new derived words are coined quite freely these days. I agree that several examples would help answer this better. Mar 21, 2022 at 16:45
  • @PeterJennings the next time I hear the word, I can write down a sentence and edit the question
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    Mar 22, 2022 at 7:46

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I did a "define:thresholder" search and the only actual match (most were to "threshold") is to a medical dictionary subdomain of thefreedictionary.com, where it is defined as "A popular term for a young person on the threshold of adulthood, especially one who is anxious or depressed". I certainly would not have guessed that meaning (at least without context). Nor would I have expected it to be called "popular:. Though maybe that's simply because it's a BREism, which given the BBC source would make some sense.

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    Well, I'm a BrE speaker, and I've never heard of it. Mar 21, 2022 at 20:06
  • I agree, "popular" is stretching it a bit far. I'm a native BrE speaker and I listen to / watch the BBC and I've never heard it or seen it in print anywhere. Mar 22, 2022 at 11:16

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